Support for Applications for Formal Participation in Partnerships in Horizon Europe

From March 2021, support for positioning shall be included in grant applications for framework allocation. Please contact us if you have any questions.


The purpose of this call for proposals is to strengthen Norwegian industry and research groups’ participation in the partnership activities in Horizon Europe. Formal participation in the partnerships will give Norwegian actors access to the funds advertised through the partnerships and increase their ability to shape the content of subsequent calls.

About the call for proposals

A substantial part of the Horizon Europe budget will be advertised through different partnerships. The Research Council wishes to strengthen Norwegian participation in and use of the partnerships in Horizon Europe, especially co-programmed and institutionalised partnerships.

Formal participants in such partnerships have a great influence on what partnership activities are advertised and who can apply for the funds. Norwegian participation is therefore important in these partnerships. Research organisations, businesses, public enterprises and special interest organisations can participate in partnerships.

Acceptance as a formal participant in an institutionalised partnership is subject to application for membership. Norwegian actors that wish to become a formal participant in a partnership can receive support from the Research Council to write an application to become a member of the partnership. You must submit an application to the Research Council under this call in order to receive support to prepare an application for membership. The application for support must target a specific call from the EU Commission.

You can find more information about partnerships in Horizon Europe here.

We require that, as the applicant, you are in close dialogue with relevant specialists during work on the application, for example the Research Council’s National Contact Points for Horizon Europe, the Research Council’s employees in Brussels or other representatives of the Norwegian authorities in various EU fora. If relevant, you must explain the connection to related projects supporting Norwegian Stakeholders Shaping the Content of Horizon Europe funded by the Research Council.

Once the partnerships are established, they will advertise project funding that Norwegian actors may also apply for. You can apply for support in connection with this work through the ordinary PES scheme.

Applications are assessed on an ongoing basis. You can apply for a maximum of NOK 500,000 in funding. 

The Norwegian-language call for proposals is the legally binding version.

Who is eligible to apply?

Approved research organisations, businesses, public sector bodies, the voluntary sector and groups of such entities can apply. See the list of approved Norwegian research organisations and definition of public sector body

Who can participate in the project?

Requirements relating to the Project Owner
The Project Owner must be a legal entity registered in Norway.

What can you seek funding for?

We award funding for the following activities:

  • Relevant payroll and indirect expenses budgeted in accordance with the Research Council’s standard guidelines. (Read more about the guidelines for payroll and indirect expenses here.)
    • Businesses can calculate an hourly rate of up to 0.0012 of nominal annual salary, and maximum NOK 1,100 per hour.
  • Direct expenses related to
    • travel and accommodation in connection with relevant meetings
    • event expenses for organising workshops, seminars etc.
  • You can apply for funding from the Research Council for activities/expenses accrued from the date of application.

Level of support
We will cover 100 per cent of the costs for all applications, up to a maximum of NOK 500,000. The funding will be disbursed in arrears based on reporting of the actual costs incurred.

Conditions for funding
Funding awarded to research organisations, and other enterprises that engage in both economic and non-economic activities must go to the organisation’s non-economic activities. It does not therefore constitute state aid. The Research Council requires a clear separation of accounts for the organisation’s economic and non-economic activities.

Support will be awarded to undertakings as de minimis aid. This means that an undertaking may receive maximum EUR 200,000 in de minimis aid over a period of three years.

Before the disbursement of de minimis aid, the Research Council will request written confirmation and an overview of all other de minimis aid the undertaking has received during the three last fiscal years. For undertakings that are part of a group of companies, the maximum limit generally applies to the group as a whole. See also the EU Directive on de minimis aid (Commission Regulation (EU) No 1407/2013).


Awarded funding is paid in arrears based on reporting of the actual costs incurred.

This is contingent on the submission of a complete application for the relevant partnership call.

Relevant thematic areas for this call


Practical information

Requirements for this application type

It is not possible to submit an application several times for calls that assess applications on an ongoing basis. Please therefore ensure that the application is complete before it is submitted. The online application form must be used for all applications. 

General requirements:

  • The applicant/Project Owner must come from an eligible category of institution.
  • The grant application must lie within the scope/satisfy the objectives of this call.
  • The funding amount sought, expenses to be covered and any own financing to be provided must be in keeping with the framework of the call.
  • The budget must be formulated correctly so that it clearly indicates what the funding will cover.
  • The application form must be completed in full.
  • The required attachments must be included using the dedicated templates.
  • The project description must provide answers to the items set out in the text of the call.
  • The application and all attachments must be written in Norwegian or English.
  • All attachments must be uploaded in PDF format.

Mandatory attachments

  • A project description template, maximum five pages. The template is available for download at the end of the call.
  • A de minimis aid self-declaration (for undertakings) using the template at the end of the call.

Applications that do not satisfy the above requirements will be rejected.

We will not assess documents and websites linked to in the application, or other attachments than those specified above. There is no technical validation of the content of uploaded attachments, so please ensure that you upload the correct file for the selected type of attachment.

Assessment criteria

The applications will be subject to simplified administrative assessment.

The following will be emphasised when we assess applications for funding:

  • To what extent is the partnership in question of strategic and commercial importance to the applicant?
  • To what extent does the application safeguard Norwegian interests in the partnership in question?
  • To what extent does the applicant possess the necessary competence and implementation capacity required to safeguard Norwegian and European interests in their field?

Administrative procedures

Applications are assessed on an ongoing basis. Funding decisions are made by the Research Council. Assessment will take around four to six weeks from receipt of the application. 

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